Piano Piano and Santa’s Suit illustrator Eric Heliot is one of France’s most celebrated and successful book illustrators, with over 50 titles to his name.
He studied at the Beaux-Arts in Rouen and Le Havre, France, before becoming a freelance illustrator of picture books and comic books.
He still lives in Rouen, and likes to play the drums (which wins the friendship of his neighbours).
His illustrations for Piano Piano received Special Mention at the 2006 Bologna Ragazzi Awards. The book was the first of his works to be published in Australia and New Zealand, and Wilkins Farago published the second, Santa’s Suit, in 2008.